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Hurvitz Brain Sciences Summer Student Research Program

The Hurvitz Brain Sciences Summer Student Research Program offers undergraduate students an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a hospital-based research program. Summer studentships typically run from May to September of each year, culminating in an end of summer studentship Presentation Day. Students will also be able to attend regular seminars led by Sunnybrook Research Institute whereby leading faculty talk about their research.

Deadline: Friday, March 29, 2024 at 4 p.m


To be eligible, students must be enrolled in a university program and have at least a B+ average in their most recent year of study. Students who have recently completed a program before the summer but who show strong evidence of an intended career trajectory in medical research may be considered.

How to apply

Summer student positions through the Hurvitz Brain Sciences Research Program are not posted. Instead, students are responsible for contacting individual scientists directly whose research may be of interest to see if they are willing to supervise a student and to discuss potential projects. Students are advised to send their resumes, cover letters and transcripts to scientists they are interested in working with. Once both student and supervisor agree on a summer studentship, they will work together to complete HR new hire documentation. Supervisors are then responsible for submitting a Hurvitz Brain Sciences summer student application.

To assist you in finding a willing supervisor, we reached out to all Hurvitz Brain Sciences Research Program scientists and asked them to confirm whether they will be accepting summer students in 2024. Below is a list of scientists who have expressed interest in employing summer students. Please click on their names to visit their web profiles and learn more about their research.

  • Biological Sciences: (updated list pending)
  • Evaluative Clinical Sciences: S. Mitchell, M. Sinyor
  • Physical Sciences: M. Chiew, M. Goubran

List above last updated: January 17, 2024


Summer students are hired as SRI employees and paid an hourly wage + 4% vacation pay. The supervisor agrees to cover the salary and can apply for awards to offset this obligation. The program attracts outstanding university students into postgraduate careers.

Summer studentship funding is offered to Hurvitz Brain Sciences Research Program scientists. The program provides an amount of funding to the principal investigators and the supervisor pays the rest for a minimum of 12 weeks. Scientists apply for these awards with a specific student and project in mind.

The application deadline is Friday, March 29, 2024 at 4 p.m. Overseeing the selection process will be a review committee comprised of members from the Hurvitz Brain Sciences Research Program. Awards will be announced early May.

Sunnybrook Research Institute Summer Student pay rates

Rates are to be confirmed for 2024.


For questions regarding the program, please contact:

Karen Truong, Research Program Coordinator, Hurvitz Brain Sciences Summer Student Research Program

Farrell Leibovitch, Manager, Hurvitz Brain Sciences Summer Student Research Program